The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions even in heavy scholarly work. As long as your chair approves and the visual is directly relevant to the material, […]
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Dr. Tammera Cooke, PsyD, in the successful completion of her dissertation:
Psychology’s Struggle to Locate a Moral Vision in a Value-Neutral Framework: A Hermeneutic Perspective on Standard 3.05 of the APA Ethics Code
The purpose of this study is to better understand the cultural influences reflected in and the […]
Keep in mind that the goal of writing proposals is to argue two things:
- Your project is worth doing.
- Is it substantial?
- Is it interesting?
- Is it original?
- You are well-prepared to do it.
- Do you know enough about previous research on the topic?
- Do you offer an appropriate assessment of what hasn’t been done […]
A traditional dissertation is comprised of five chapters:
- Review of Literature,
- Conclusions, Discussion & Future Considerations.
( In a four-chapter dissertation, the literature review is integrated into the first chapter.)
Chapter 1: Introduction
- Background of the Problem
- Statement of the Problem
- Purpose of the […]
Starting a writing group is a very good way to keep you connected and supported during what can be an isolating act of writing. The scheduled meetings should be frequent enough to keep the writing momentum going—a long, two-hour meeting every month can work more effectively than shorter, more frequent meetings.
The group should discuss their goals and […]
The Review of Literature is often a daunting academic writing task. While there are sometimes specific purposes outlined by your faculty member, most reviews of literature serve as an overview of the research that support your prevailing thesis or research questions outlined in your proposal or final project (thesis or dissertation). Referencing your literature here […]
The Annotated Bibliography is a standard academic writing exercise that stimulates critical thinking through researching, analyzing, and evaluating those resources to compose effective annotations. The Annotated Bibliography reflects the researcher’s understanding and evaluation of sources, and thus it is an excellent vehicle for increasing expertise in a topic.
Annotated bibliographies are wonderful […]